Elevation: 5,865 ft
GPS: 38.673, -109.375 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Mike Sofranko on Jun 20, 2002
Admins: slim, Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq
Access Issue: RAIN, WET ROCK and RAPTOR CLOSURES: The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Also please ask and be aware of Raptor Closures in areas such as CAT WALL and RESERVOIR WALL in Indian Creek Details
Access Issue: See thisfacebook.com/note.php?note_… from the Friends of Indian Creek Details

Description

The Sister Superior group is the bunch of crumbly looking towers farther down the same ridge that holds The Priest, The Rectory, and Castleton Tower. The tallest tower, Sister Superior, is amazingly thin and is the most popular summit of the group.

While Sister Superior is very close to Castleton, the views from Sister Superior offer much less evidence of man's footprint in the area. The hike is a little longer, and as a result these towers feel a little more wild than one would expect given the location.

Getting There

The approach to Sister Superior is different than the approach to the Castleton Tower group. There is an unmarked dirt road (the Ida Gulch road) about 9/10ths of a mile past the Castle Valley turnoff (driving from Moab). Turn off coordinates 38°41'32.3"N 109°24'36.7"W.

Take this as far as you can up the wash. There are just a couple stopper points, otherwise the driving is pretty casual. Most people seem to stop at one point where a couple large rocks block the way, but more skilled drivers and/or specialized vehicles will be able to squeeze past this point.

Wherever you stop, the trail to the towers leaves the wash at a few obvious cairns. It heads up to an obvious low saddle, then along another relatively level section before heading steeply uphill. If you think the hike to Castleton is difficult, stay away from Sister Superior. The trail will deposit you below the start of the route Jah Man. Queue up. here.;32.3%22N+109%C2%B024'36.7%22W/@38.6923056,-109.4123831,722m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d38.6923056!4d-109.4101944

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Jah Man
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